Hundreds protest against Indian rule in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Hundreds of residents staged a protest against Indian rule on Saturday outside a UN office in Indian-administered Kashmir’s capital Srinagar, accusing the police of shooting a teenaged boy, witnesses said.

The protesters said the 16-year-old Muslim boy was fatally injured in firing by police during an anti-government demonstration the previous day in Srinagar.

The boy died in hospital Saturday, sparking the protest. Police said they were investigating the death.

The protesters – who defied a police ban on demonstrations – marched to the UN office and shouted anti-India slogans, witnesses said.

The UN centre in Srinagar houses personnel who monitor violations of a ceasefire by India and Pakistan along the Line of Control, the de facto border which divides Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

The demonstrators, including relatives of the recently deceased boy, blocked a street and demanded action against the officers alleged to have shot him.

Elsewhere in Srinagar, police fired teargas and used batons to break up similar protests, the witnesses said.

On Friday, 20 protesters and four policemen were hurt in an anti-India demonstration, which erupted a day after troops killed two militants holed up in a Srinagar hotel.

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